‘I wish I could sell off this house and move’
When Vandana Taneja’s family bought their plush apartment in Belvedere Park DLF Phase III, they never thought they would be wading through waist deep water someday, reports Karan Choudhury.delhi Updated: Aug 16, 2008 22:45 IST
When Vandana Taneja’s family bought their plush apartment in Belvedere Park DLF Phase III, they never thought they would be wading through waist deep water someday.
The problem after flooding is so acute that many families have left their houses and gone to live in houses of their friends and families.
With no help for two days, the residents sought the help of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for pumping out water from their apartment complex.
“Finally out of sheer helplessness, we called up the Metro officials to help us out. They provided extra pump sets and told us more would be provided if needed,” said Taneja.
For the last three days the residents of this plush apartment complex are fighting to get back on their feet and get back to normal life.
The whole area was waterlogged and residents were either trapped inside their houses or left stranded on the streets.
Even after 72 hours, there is no water supply. Cars in the parking lots are badly damaged, so are the pump sets and generators, which stopped working when the basement was flooded.
DLF workers are still pumping out water. But the main fear they have now is the spread of dengue in the complex.
Monish Dhawan, a member of the Board of Managers Belvedere Park Condominium Association, said: “Till now there have been eight cases of dengue in our society. We fear stagnant water here might increase the toll. We are doing everything to prevent it but the authorities should come forward to help.”
“The whole place is in a mess. Our cars were flooded and we still have no water supply. We have been running around for the last three days just because authorities did not complete their work in time. We are suffering because of them,” said Indira Unninayar, secretary of the association.
According to the association, the drains in the residential colony do not have an outfall and since it is in a low-lying area, water rushed in the complex on heavy rains.
V.R. Kheterpal, a resident at the complex, said: “Five years ago we suffered a similar situation. But after that we never suffered that much. But this time the situation was horrific. Had HUDA completed their work in time, we would not have this problem.”
Meanwhile, DLF authorities have pressed workers who are pumping out water from the basement and removing mud, which gathered around the complex.
But the residents are still fuming. “I wish I could sell off this house to move to a better place. After shelling out my hard earned money I do not deserve this,” said Taneja.